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I had similar issues with permissions for using a Lionel Richie track – the UK application process got me quoted a lot of money by the guy who did the orchestrations but eventually we got the permission for a very, very low figure because Mr R himself got to hear of it, and it turned out that the person we'd been dealing with here had a buyout contract and had no rights claim at all! I also founds quite a few very large firms, who, finding out that circulation was very limited, told us verbally to just do it, because the legal costs were higher than the rights clearance – but they wouldn't put it in writing. Never easy!
I do notice on youtube quite a few copyright questionable items, with crafty wording designed to 'convert' it into something covered by the fair use rules – when really they're just rights controlled items pinched and stuck up on youtube.